Connections Supervisor, Rick Harden, would like to introduce you to one of Connections Rockstars, Easton. Easton was born very small, weighing around four pounds; with a rare chromosomal micro-deletion. He was discharged from the hospital on hospice at six months of age with a feeding tube and low oxygen levels. Easton has overcome some major deficits to be where he is at today and Connections Case Management would like to spot light Easton and congratulate him on the cusp of his fifth birthday! You are an amazing young man, Easton, keep up the amazing progress and continue to defy the odds!!!!
Connections Case Manager, LaVada Brooks has a client, Isaiah, who makes an annual Christmas donation to Norton Children’s Hospital in the amount that coincide with his age each year. His mother, Felicia, described to LaVada how this annual tradition got started. “Isaiah was supposed to be a Thanksgiving day Turkey baby. Well plans changed. Isaiah ended up coming early via emergency c-section. He had to be resuscitated three times. Isaiah weighted 2 lbs. 5 oz and was 15 1/2 inches long. He was full of fight. Soon after checking they discovered he had a moderately large VSD in his heart. One day when I was with him he stopped breathing in my arms. When I could not wake him I pulled his call cord and the nurse came in. She proceeded to try and do it herself. When she could not wake him she called a code. Five nurses came in and started trying to bring him back. When Isaiah started to cry, as soon as I took a breath I broke down. This is the moment through everything where I promised to God that if Isaiah made it out of there happy, healthy, and alive we would give back to them. Isaiah had a damaged kidney and would have to have open heart surgery before he could go home. The nurses in the NICU walked us through a difficult path. There were literally life and death days. Then there were days when Isaiah drinking 1 oz out of a bottle was the most amazing thing ever! There is magic there in the form of miracles. They take care of not only the patients but the families there going through it to. Isaiah now has a NICU granny Jennifer Turner who stayed on as his primary nurse his whole time there. They have saved Isaiah's life more than a few times. So we will forever be thankful for all that they have given us in our son Isaiah. We are teaching him to be thankful and giving. He is growing to be an amazing little man and we thank God for him every day. We have donated items to the NICU that they are in need of. Last year we donated 4 Mamaroo chairs. This year Isaiah donated 2 crib mobiles and 3 specialty mats that they needed for some of the older babies that have to stay longer.” Isaiah is 5 years old this year! What an awesome story, thanks for the inspiration and for sharing!
Connections Case Managers get the opportunity to work with individuals with lots of unique stories that show off their abilities and successes. We want to share their stories and successes with all of you.
Connections Case Manager, Courtney Glasson, shared with us a great success story of an individual he serves. “Ariel began planning her wedding in 2019 and her plans came to fruition in July of 2020. Due to COVID, there was some question as to whether they would be able to make it happen but, in the end, they were able to have the wedding as planned. Her family has supported her every step of the way and continue to support her as she strives toward greater levels of independence. She recently moved out of her parents' home and into her own apartment, another first for her. Her recent marriage and move are not the only causes for celebration. To say that this young woman is inspirational would be an understatement. When she is not working at her community job or working on improving her independent living skills, she can be found volunteering, learning how to play the guitar, or taking cooking lessons. I am very proud to be a part of her team and look forward to having the opportunity to support her, cheer her on, and celebrate all of her future accomplishments!!!” Congratulations on achieving your dream Ariel!